Fly-tipping at disused pub car park now 'right out of control'
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The car park of the William Caxton pub in Sunny Hill has been a fly-tipping hotspot since the building collapsed in May this year.
The collapse happened while renovation work was being carried out – and the Caxton Street pub has remained in a disused state since, attracting fly-tippers.
Despite the rubbish being on private land, workers from Derby City Council have cleared it up in the past because the owner cannot be traced. Now they are set to carry out another cleaning blitz there following people contacting the Telegraph.
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Robert Sleziak, who lives in Underhill Close, opposite the car park, said the site was "a disgrace".
The 32-year-old said: "My three-year-old son and I walk through there to get to the park but it's really horrible.
"Sometimes the rubbish is cleared away but it gets bad again quickly.
"I've seen all kinds of rubbish in there – at the moment there are two baths.
"I wish there was something that could be done to stop people dumping their rubbish there. It's so lazy."
Christopher Dwyer, also of Underhill Close, said before the pub closed there was no fly-tipping on the site.
He said: "It's really spiralled right out of control. You see all sorts of horrible things there and it attracts rats and foxes to the area.
"I thought the owners of the building were going to do it up again after it fell down but it seems to have been like this for ages."
Gerald Haynes, of Marlowe Court, said the issue needed a long-term solution.
He said: "It's no good clearing it up and leaving it because it'll just get in the same state again.
"The entrances to the site used to be blocked but now it's all open-plan it attracts people who want to dump rubbish in the old car park."
Councillor for the area Jangir Khan said he would try to locate the owner of the land to ensure he or she take responsibility for it.
He said: "It has been a persistent problem because the land has been empty and disused for some time. It often comes up at our neighbourhood meetings.
"It's a shame because this is a nice part of Sunny Hill. We are happy with our low crime rates and it's a nice place to live – but the pub lets the area down. People are drawn to it because it's on the corner and people feel they can just tip things there."